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Katy ISD Announces New Principal for McRoberts ElementaryKaty ISD Announces New Principal for McRoberts Elementary2017-07-20T12:45:18Z<div class="ExternalClass02DD6071A5D64A448DA9741D65CEEAA3"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD is pleased to announce </span><strong style="text-align:justify;">Rahsan Smith</strong><span style="text-align:justify;"> as the new principal for McRoberts Elementary.</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Mr. Smith has worked in the field of education for 17 years.  He began his career with Houston ISD in 2001 as an elementary teacher, serving as a literary specialist and intermediate classroom teacher at JFK Elementary.  He also worked with Pre-K students at Gabriela Mistral early Childhood Center and as a student behavior specialist at Fondren Middle School.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">He came to Katy in 2012 and served as an assistant principal at Mayde Creek Junior High, a principal for Katy Summer Academic Term in 2016 and 2017 and before moving to McRoberts Elementary, he was an assistant principal at Seven Lakes High School.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">"To become the principal of McRoberts Elementary is truly an honor," says Principal Smith. "It is a reflection of the Katy community.  A community that is built on integrity, honor, kindness, relationships and success.  As the new principal of McRoberts Elementary, one of my main goals will be to establish a rapport with each and every one of my students and help them to reach their highest potential.  Go Dolphins!"</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Congratulations!</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/071117_Rahsan%20Smith%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="071117_Rahsan Smith - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Announces New Principal for Memorial Parkway ElementaryKaty ISD Announces New Principal for Memorial Parkway Elementary2017-07-20T12:37:36Z<div class="ExternalClass2EBAA2BE345B42F1AF7EDFFDD8F2BB47"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD is pleased to welcome </span><strong style="text-align:justify;">Dr. Doreen Martinez</strong><span style="text-align:justify;"> as the new principal for Memorial Parkway Elementary.</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Dr. Martinez has worked in the field of education for 28 years.  She began her educational career in 1989 as a teacher in Pasadena ISD.  She has also work in Angleton ISD, Clear Creek ISD and as a grant/technology coordinator in Royal ISD.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">She came to Katy ISD in 2001, where she served as an instructional technology facilitator, technology training supervisor, Parent & Patron Center Coordinator and then as an assistant principal at Morton Ranch Junior High.  In 2015, Dr. Martinez returned to Angleton ISD as Principal of Angleton Junior High.  However, it's the District's pleasure to have her back home at Katy ISD where she will lead the Memorial Parkway Elementary family.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Coming back to Katy ISD is such a proud honor and a dream come true," says Principal Martinez. "My goal is to work to build trust, establish relationships and create a positive environment where our Panthers can excel and achieve their dreams.  Working together as a team we will be 'the best school in the land!'"</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Congratulations!​</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/071117_Doreen%20Martinez%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="071117_Doreen Martinez - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p></div>
2017 Bond Recommendation Presented to the Katy ISD Board2017 Bond Recommendation Presented to the Katy ISD Board2017-07-18T19:37:51Z<div class="ExternalClassECD570E404FD486085BB3622C9C5F5AC"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">During the monthly Katy ISD Board of Trustees Work Study meeting the 2017 Community Bond Advisory Committee (CBAC) Chairman presented the Committee's $609.2 MM recommended bond package which addresses rapid growth and the near-term needs of the district.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Since early April, Committee members have attended numerous meetings as well as received and assessed extensive and detailed information in order to develop a bond package.  Members agreed on a final bond package which includes funds for six new schools, renovations and expansions at existing facilities, enhanced student technology, safety and security upgrades among other items.  The Committee's bond package also ensures a zero tax rate increase.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Student enrollment has grown by approximately 2,800 students per year in Katy ISD.  The district currently has an enrollment of more than 76,000 students.  According to the district's demographer, Population and Survey Analysts (PASA), by 2023 nearly 90,000 students will attend Katy ISD schools and over 98,000 students will call the district their home by 2026.  </p><p>For more information on the 2017 recommended bond package please visit:<br> <a href="http://tinyurl.com/katyisdbondpackage"><strong>http://tinyurl.com/katyisdbondpackage</strong></a></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Teachers Named Finalists for Region 4 Teacher of the YearKaty ISD Teachers Named Finalists for Region 4 Teacher of the Year2017-07-17T19:53:39Z<div class="ExternalClass178C2EC09E2C4AA9930111BD6CE2DE3C"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD's 2017 District-wide Elementary Teacher of the Year </span><strong style="text-align:justify;">Kristal Parrish </strong><span style="text-align:justify;">and Secondary Teacher of the Year </span><strong style="text-align:justify;">Phuong Nguyen</strong><span style="text-align:justify;"> have been selected as finalists in the Region 4 Teacher of the Year program.</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Ms. Parrish is a fifth grade teacher at WoodCreek Elementary where she teaches reading, writing and social studies.  Since 2013, Ms. Parrish has also been the fifth grade team Curriculum and Instruction Leader.  She's a dedicated teacher that inspires her students to make an impact in the world.  She does this by teaching them to be critical readers and writers, and deep thinkers who are compassionate.  Her philosophy surrounds the ideal that "there is no program, no app, no curriculum that can replace the tremendous power and essence of an effective and passionate teacher in the life of a student."</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Ms. Nguyen teaches 10<sup>th </sup>- 12<sup>th</sup> grade students in the area of Principles of Health Science, Health Science Technology and Clinical Rotations at Taylor High School.  As a teacher, she creates an environment where curiosity is cultivated, learning is collaborative and students develop skills to be successful in every endeavor.  Her philosophy is one of adaptability and emphasis on the importance of a moral compass.  Ms. Nguyen also initiated the Katy Students Run program at her school to create another platform in order for her to mentor and teach the necessary skills to be successful in life.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Region 4 Teachers of the Year event is part of the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) Texas Teacher of the Year program and is the initial step into the National Teacher of the Year selection process.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Best of luck to both Katy ISD teachers!</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Kristal%20Parrish.jpg" alt="Kristal Parrish.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Kristal Parrish - Fifth grade teacher at WoodCreek Elementary</p><p style="text-align:justify;">  <img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Phuong%20Nguyen.jpg" alt="Phuong Nguyen.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Phuong Nguyen - 10-12th grade teacher at Taylor High School</p></div>
Katy ISD Students Travel to Carnegie Hall to Accept National Scholastic Art & Writing MedalsKaty ISD Students Travel to Carnegie Hall to Accept National Scholastic Art & Writing Medals2017-07-12T13:57:36Z<div class="ExternalClassF83B3C315623430AA20090E6F578DFC0"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">Four Katy ISD students recently traveled to Carnegie Hall in New York City to be honored with the Gold Key Metals from the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Akhil Thadani from Seven Lakes High School, Connie Lau, Asma Mashal and Fatemeh Ebrahimi from Taylor High School were among 25 of the best artists and writers who were recognized.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">More than 330,000 entries were submitted and in total, 59 National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards were received by students from Katy ISD and other neighboring school districts as well as private schools in Harris County.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"It's amazing what happens when you mix extraordinary talent with the resources, leadership and support our district offers," stated Lisa Matschek, art teacher for Seven Lakes High School. "To share in the experience of recognizing students at a national level, in the top one percent, was really special.  Katy ISD was well represented with five gold national winners in New York City." </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"It truly was a life changing experience for our students," adds Ashley Niemi, art teacher for Taylor High School. "At the ceremony the key note speaker talked about how his scholastic award was the kick start to him believing he could live a creative life!  It was truly an inspirational recognition for us all!"</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Scholastic Art & Writing Awards recognizes the vision, ingenuity and talent of students and provides opportunities for creative teens to be celebrated.  Harris County Department of Education serves as the regional sponsor of this prestigious national program and hosts yearly judging and awards ceremonies for thousands of writing and art entries.  For more information visit <a href="http://www.hcde-texas.org/scholastic">www.hcde-texas.org/scholastic</a> .</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/071217_Scholastic%20Art%20Writing%20Medals%201%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="071217_Scholastic Art Writing Medals 1 - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" />  <img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/071217_Scholastic%20Art%20Writing%20Medals%202%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="071217_Scholastic Art Writing Medals 2 - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p></div>
University Student Pledges to Protect Katy ISD Police OfficersUniversity Student Pledges to Protect Katy ISD Police Officers2017-07-11T15:37:05Z<div class="ExternalClass1ADF5EBC99BC4C36808CDF38A6864E2C"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Sam Houston State University student Liza Viera surprises Katy ISD police officers with Saint Michael's medallions, as part of her support campaign, "Back the Blue – Liza's Mission."</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The campaign started after last year's deadly shooting of four Dallas police officers.  With encouragement from her father, who is also a law enforcement officer, Liza has presented over 22,700 Saint Michael's medallions to police officers across Texas.  Whether it's in the form of a prayer card, medal token or car visor clip with the image of St. Michael, many law enforcement officers have expressed a sense of security and peace in carrying the image of the saint with them.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD Chief Robert Jinks and Deputy Chief Robert Meier recently surprised Liza with two challenge coins from the Katy ISD Police Department and the Katy ISD Police Officers Association, a department patch and a teddy cop for her efforts in bringing awareness and support to police officers.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/071117_Saint%20Michael%20Medallions%202%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="071117_Saint Michael Medallions 2 - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" />  <img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/071117_Saint%20Michael%20Medallions%203%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="071117_Saint Michael Medallions 3 - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /></p><p style="text-align:justify;">  <img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/071117_Saint%20Michael%20Medallions%204%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="071117_Saint Michael Medallions 4 - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Student Qualified for U.S. Olympic National ChampionshipKaty ISD Student Qualified for U.S. Olympic National Championship2017-07-10T20:25:39Z<div class="ExternalClass1E4FCE20BCF949CDB22CDE584140DB06"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD Seven Lakes Junior High sixth grader Rowan Dumond, recently competed at the 2017 U.S. Men's Junior Olympic National Championships in Kissimmee, FL.  Over 800 of the country's top male gymnasts competed in the regional team, all-around and individual apparatus events.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">After two days of competition, Rowan tied for first place earning ​​the title of National Champion for Floor in his division.  He had a career high score of 13.45 on Floor during the preliminary competition.  Rowan is an honors student at Seven Lakes Junior High, and when he's not training at the gym, he enjoys playing percussion with the SLJH Honors Band, designing with Legos and solving Rubix cube puzzles.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/070517_Rowan%20Dumond2%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="070517_Rowan Dumond2 - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/070517_Rowan%20Dumond1%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="070517_Rowan Dumond1 - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/070517_Rowan%20Dumond3%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="070517_Rowan Dumond3 - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/070517_Rowan%20Dumond4n%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="070517_Rowan Dumond4n - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Staff Member Selected as 2017 Texas A&M Dean Roundtable HonoreeKaty ISD Staff Member Selected as 2017 Texas A&M Dean Roundtable Honoree2017-06-29T16:55:08Z<div class="ExternalClass7B1868E248C048FF86C0322352892077"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Elizabeth Moreland-Mason, Instructional Officer for Special Education Curriculum and Instruction K-12 for Katy ISD, has been selected as a 2017 Texas A&M University Dean's Roundtable honoree.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">The College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) recently honored Moreland-Mason among 28 other transformational leaders from across the state for being excellent role models, mentors and servant leaders in their communities.</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Established by Dr. Jane Stallings in 1991, the Dean's Roundtable has recognized more than 550 individuals who positively impact the lives of people throughout Texas and beyond.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Moreland-Mason's goal is to ensure that Katy ISD campuses and teachers have the support they need to implement high quality programming in their classrooms for special education students.  She supervises programs for students in LIFE Skills, Resource and In-Class Support.  As part of her 33-year career, she has worked collaboratively in many different settings, from special opportunity support, autism programs as well as in a general classroom environment.  Teaching children with special needs has always been her passion.  She is the author of two books and has conducted staff development and training related to goal writing, state assessment for students with intellectual disabilities and programming for students with multiple disabilities.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">​<img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/062917_Moreland%20Mason%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="062917_Moreland Mason - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p></div>

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